Quilt auctioned to honor former faculty member
Elizabethtown College will raffle a handmade quilt during its third annual Student Life Art Auction, 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6 in the Susquehanna Room of Myer Hall. Proceeds from the art auction support the Carole L. Isaak ALANA Scholarship Fund.
The drawing for the quilt will be held at 6 p.m. at the beginning of the auction, which runs until 10 p.m. Raffle tickets are $2 a chance or $5 for three chances. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Tamara Longsderff at 717-361-1549. Winners need not be present at the event to be eligible.
The quilt was crafted by staff members of the College. Allison Bridgeman, assistant dean of Student Affairs and director of Residence Life; Darlene Sommers, coordinator of Housing Operations; Diane Elliott, director of Diversity and assistant professor of Social Work; Tammie Longsderff, assistant director of Learning Services & Disability Services; and Tana Parrett, retiree of the College, spent hundreds of hours on the project, which is inspired by memories of families members.
“We worked during lunch breaks and also spent time during the summer break stitching the quilt,” said Diane Elliot, one of the quilters. “It’s safe to say that there are thousands of stitches in this quilt along with approximately 24 yards of fabric.” Elliot explained that all of the quilters had some experience with the pattern known as “Broken Dishes” and believed it would be a good fit for this project. The pattern is a traditional design made with triangles, which are stitched in various grids.
Once the quilt was finished, it was donated to the Student Art Auction to raise money for the Carole L. Isaak ALANA scholarship Fund. Carole Isaak was a member of the department of English from 1988-2010. She played an important role in creating the Academic Advising office and was instrumental in the founding of the Center for Study Success. During her tenure at the college, Carole strove to promote equality and inclusiveness on the campus. She worked closely with African American, Latino/Latina, Asian and Native American students, from which the acronym ALANA is derived. Isaak retired from her positions as assistant director of Academic Advising and lecturer of English in 2010, at which time a scholarship was created in her name.